- February 12, 2001
Rabbit 2 Project Still Alive?
While talking to Cinescape’s
Eric Moro about this summer’s Signs, genre producer Frank Marshall
touched on a sequel so long in the waiting people have stopped expecting
it. That would be Roger Rabbit 2.
Seems the film might not be as dead as many thought. "We developed a script
for Roger 2, which was sort of a prequel," revealed Marshall. "[It
showed] how Roger came to Hollywood, but it was too expensive. When we
laid it all out, there was too much animation and it was too expensive.
But now that things are what they are with CG, we may look at it again.
But it’s pretty dormant right now." As a reminder, a Special Edition of
the movie on DVD is currently in the works at the Mouse House. Let's hope
it will be a huge commercial success, prompting Disney to move ahead on
What's Up with the Hunchback
Deluxe 2-Disc DVD?
A listing of all the details for the upcoming 2-disc set of the Disney
classic was posted on the official Disney
site yesterday... but taken down overnight! Was this just a big mistake
and will the special edition never happen? Or is it a work in progress
and this announcement was premature? More on that as soon as I can get
more information... It's usually hard to get any official update from the
Mouse House -not every studio has Don Bluth's customer care skills!
Preview of Treasure Planet
Place reported on Toy Fair 2002 where Hasbro presented their upcoming
items for Disney's Holiday release. Action figures, electronic launchin'
solar surfer, blastin' action battle station, electronic cyborg Silver...
you name it -they have it!
Hot DVD Releases Today
Look out for Peter Pan's Special
Edition, the premiere of John Henry
on Disney's American Legends, and last but not least Vampire
Hunter D - Bloodlust -which reportedly is still in the run for
Best Animated Feature in spite of rumours that it was too short to be eligible.
The direct-to-video crime The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue
also hit shelves today in the U.S. -"this story even falls short when
compared to Disney straight-to-video releases aimed at the same age group"
according to Digitally
Obsessessed, which helps put things in perspective! Also check out
the site's take
on the Troll in Central Park DVD, due for release next week: "with
its thin storyline and unsophisticated characters, it could easily be dismissed
as a failure. However, it succeeds on the level to which it strives, providing
fun for young children." Thanks to Animation
on DVD for compiling these reviews.
AMO's Oscar Nomination Poll
The final results are in for Animation
Magazine's poll, and the movies with the most votes are, in order,
Monsters Inc., Shrek, Final Fantasy and Jimmy Neutron.
Waking Life rounds up the top 5, even though it's likely to be among
the thee nominees selected by the Academy in a few hours...
Did You Know That... A prequel to Who
Framed Roger Rabbit, in which Tom Cruise was originally to star,
has been in the works since 1992. According to Variety, Alan Menken
completed the score, described as an old-fashioned Busby Berkeley-style
song-and-dance flick -which will probably never be released to the public.
- February 11, 2001
Up! (10:45pm ET)
Forums Temporarily Down
As many of you have already figured out, Network 54, which hosts free
forums, is currently experiencing technical difficulty -you get what you
pay for, right? Therefore all forums supported by this company (including
the Animated Movies
Animation Forum and Brazilian
News) cannot be accessed at this time. Be patient -we should all be
back up soon. In the meantime, addicts can post away at the Animation
Oscar Nominations Announced Tomorrow
Watch the news around 5:30am Pacific Time to find out whether Shrek
could be amongst the Best Picture nominees, Monsters Inc. grab a
Best Song nomination or Final Fantasy be part of the three lucky
candidates to the first Toon Award!
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
To Be Released as a Deluxe DVD Set
DVD site announces that the 1996 classic will get not one, but two
DVD releases: the regular edition which will include an audio commentary,
a making of, multi-language reel, Topsy Turvy game and sing-along... Meanwhile,
a "Deluxe 2-Disc DVD" will feature all of the above, plus a second disc
with "History And Development, Preliminary Designs, Character Designs,
Character Concept Design, Story (including an alternate opening), Deleted
Songs ('Someday', 'In A Place Of Miracles', 'As Long As There's A Moon'),
Digital Production Demonstration, and Publicity Materials." Even though
it sounds like both editions will be released on March 19, no trace of
the deluxe set can be found in online stores yet. Note that the deleted
song 'Someday' will also grace the VHS copies. Thanks to 'Greg' for the
Actual Weekend Box-Office Data
#22: Beauty and the Beast,
Special Edition with $977,455 for a total gross of $15,425,441
over 68 theaters
#23: Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius with $721,706 for a total gross
of $78,614,532 over 982 theaters
#31: Monsters, Inc. with $280,877
for a total gross of $251,644,856 over 334 theaters
#40: Metropolis with $63,831 for a total gross of $309,209 over
#53: Waking Life with $16,345 for a total gross of $2,777,954
over 15 theaters
Sneak Peak at Disney's Upcoming Projects
A lucky few sales & promotional people around the world got to
see sneak peeks at Disney's upcoming animated line-up. Dark
Horizons got the scoop from a London-based insider: "Piglet's Big
Movie is basically The Tigger Movie
but Piglet in the lead. Treasure Planet
looks great but not very marketable. A lot has changed [on Lilo
& Stitch], a sequence was changed because of Sept 11th, but
the marketing campaign is brilliant - using previous Disney faves like
and The Lion King in the previews. Also sshown were the full storyboards
[of Finding Nemo], a story run through
and a clip of the only animated sequence completed to date - 45 seconds
of the intro with Nemo the Clown Fish swimming through the reef. Still,
this was 'AMAZING' and blows Monsters Inc. out of the water in animation
Direct Links to New Trailers
Wanna save a copy of the latest animated trailers? Then use the links
highlighted in this paragragh, for Lilo & Stitch's Aladdin teaser
res) and third Ice Age trailer (low
Pete Docter Interview
sat down with the Monsters, Inc.
director. "Computer animation is kind of half way between 2D animation
and live action. So we really get the best of both : the color and fantasy
design from 2D and cinematography, lightning from live action. Our choices
of character design quite releflects that. A lot of times, the shapes are
very simplified, some of the textures are more real. There’s no way you
could look at Boo and find she’s a photography of a real kid, it’s obviously
a cartoon. We’re very aware of that, it’s a conscious choice. There’s nothing
really interesting to me about trying to replicate reality." Pete Docter
also explains why the movie's initial opening sequence had to be changed:
"when we first came up with the film, the first version screened one year
ago, it opened with a child in bed, moonlight, something spooky going on,
enter the monster, the kid sees it, raise and scream and the lights come
out to show it was fake. It seemed to be a cool, clever way to introduce
and let the audience familiarize with the film. But it was perceived as
a very spooky movie, for ten minutes after this opening, nobody was laughing,
even at stuff we knew was funny, but we weren’t giving them permission
to laugh. So when we saw that in the screening, we went 'oops, how to fix
that?.' Then came the idea of the title sequence, very poppy and fun, that
would telle the audience : this is gonna be fun, this is gonna be a comedy,
a lighthearted, fun film. Ultimately it improved the film by showing that
the monsters clearly are afraid of children, which is the central idea
of the film."
To Finally Release Spirited Away
In U.S. Theaters?
Toshio Suzuki, president of Studio Ghibli and producer of Spirited
Away, told Japan
Today that they "will have an English version out soon...If you try
to make a good film, everyone will come and see it.". Miyazaki's film takes
some explaining and is unfamiliar fare to Western audiences, more used
to what Suzuki describes as "animation musicals" than "animation films."
But Toshio Suzuki is confident of similar treatment for Japan's biggest
blockbuster, but hopes for more success. "I can drop a hint that it'll
take less time to reach the international market than Princess
Mononoke. "I'll be frank. We have a friendly relationship with
Disney and the first negotiations are already underway. They are looking
at our film."
Photos from the World Premiere of Return
Margaret Kerry (the model for Tinkerbell), Hook's voice Corey
Burton, Harriet Owen, Blayne Weaver and the animated cast of the Disney
sequel all gathered yesterday at the El Capitan Theater to celebrate Friday's
release of NeverLand. Check out the four pictures available from
PR Newswire (1,
International Trailer for Spirit:
Stallion of the Cimarron
SKG Fansite points out to the international trailer of Spirit Stallion
of Cimarron, which is the same as North American trailer but features
two additional scenes of birds flying in the forest and stallions running
in the water. Download it here.
Monsters Have A Smash Premiere In International Markets!
Monsters, Inc. had a smash premiere
in Europe and Asia over the weekend, Variety
reports. The Pixar blockbuster devoured $12.5 million in the U.K. (including
$3 million from the prior weekend's previews), the market's third-highest
opener in history behind Potter and Rings, and 10% better
than the debut of Toy Story 2 and almost
double that of Shrek. In Spain, Monsters
rang up an estimated $1.9 million, the second-biggest animated bow ever
behind Tarzan and 35% ahead of Shrek.
In four Scandinavian markets, the family picture minted a combined $1.3
million, close to the Toy Story 2 entry in that region. Launched
Saturday in Hong Kong ahead of this week's Chinese New Year celebrations,
fetched roughly $400,000 in two days, eclipsing Shrek by 70%. Disney
estimated its weekend haul at $20.4 million from 29 countries, hoisting
the foreign total to $81 million. Buoyed by word of mouth, the cartoon
eased by a mere 17% in Germany, where it has clocked $7 million in 11 days.
Ferngully DVD Review
Review gives this movie the thumbs down -calling it "little more than
a feature-length animated ecology PSA." Note that I couldn't disagree more!
The nominations will be announced tomorrow. Will Shrek
grab a Best Picture nomination? Which feature will be the first nominee
for Best Animated Feature? According to the Hollywood
Reporter, "DreamWorks' intensive campaign on behalf of Shrek,
a huge critical and commercial hit, was aimed at earning it a best picture
nomination. But in a year that offers the Academy's first-ever best animated
feature Oscar, Shrek is more likely to show up in that tailor-made
category, where its competition is expected to be Monsters,
Inc. and Waking Life. At least, that's the inside betting
as the final nominations ballots are tallied. Any other outcome tomorrow
morning will be viewed as a major upset." But AP
disagees: according to them, Shrek does have "an outside chance
at a best-picture nomination." You can discuss this topic now in
the Animated Movies
Alan Menken Interview
scored the transcript of an interview that the famous composer gave recently
to the internal Disney newsletter Eyes & Ears. "Aladdin,
we had written the entire score, and then found out after [lyricist Howard
Ashman] died that half of it was no longer useful because [Aladdin's] mother
and the sidekicks had been cut [from the film]. So Tim Rice stepped in,
and therefore I wrote it. (...) The
Hunchback of Notre Dame, I think, is the most ambitious score I've
ever written. Hercules was [with] David
Zippel and those really clever lyrics and again. Those projects were coming
out at a time where there was more cynicism about animated musicals. It
was harder to sell them, but I'm really proud of Hercules. Every time I
listen to the score, I think it was one of my best." Next for Alan is the
2003 western musical Sweating Bullets.
First Peanuts Special in Eight Years: Still Works!
Two years after creator Charles Schulz's
death, producer Lee Mendelson and animator Bill Melendez, both of whom
worked with Schulz for many years, are engineering the reunion of the Peanuts
gang for their first TV animated special in eight years, "A Charlie Brown
Valentine", reports the Seattle
Time. Schulz's trust in the two was such that he wanted them to keep
creating Peanuts specials after his death. Even when Schulz grew too sick
to draw the strip any longer, he said he wanted Mendelson and Melendez
to continue with the specials. "The day before he passed away, I was up
at his house," says Mendelson. "We were going to work, because he wanted
to keep doing TV shows. It was quite strange to do this new special without
him, but it's really like he's still here because we worked together for
so many years," 85-year old Melendez remembers. Read a positive review
of the special over at JS
online. Thanks to Animation Blast
for the heads up!
Pixar To Receive PGA Vanguard Award
that Pixar Animation Studios will be honored with the Producers Guild of
America’s (PGA) inaugural Vanguard Award, which recognizes outstanding
achievement in new media and technology. The PGA cited Pixar’s significant
contributions in the field of computer graphic imaging (CGI) technology
since its inception 15 years ago. Ed Catmull, president of Pixar Animation
Studios, said, "We are so thrilled to be the first recipient of the Vanguard
Award, and we thank the Producers Guild for giving us this very special
honor." Ed Catmull, John Lasseter and Steve Jobs will accept the award
on behalf of Pixar at the annual PGA Awards on Sunday, March 3, 2002 at
the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California.
Did You Know That... In November 2001, Spirited Away outstripped
at the Japanese box-office with a record record of $216.7 million in total
ticket sales after a mere three months -selling one ticket for every six
people in the country!
- February 10, 2001
Plot for Mulan II Revealed?
The great news is that only one day after its launch, the Animated
Movies Forum is already a goldmine of information! According to 'Darren',
Shang and Mulan, "who were preparing for their wedding, are suddenly sent
off on a secret mission. Mushu starts to meddle and a surprise attack by
Mongolians doesn't help either."
Cut Scene and Budget for Ice Age
With Disney partner Pixar and DreamWorks-owned Pacific Data Images
doing so well, is there room for another major computer-animation player?
Fox, who teamed with Blue Sky Studios, certainly hopes so, reports Entertainment
Weekly. After the debacle of the hand-drawn Titan,
A.E., execs are banking on the sleek CG look of Ice
Age to lift the studio's toon hex. After [Chris] Wedge won an Oscar
for the 1998 short Bunny, Fox greenlit his feature debut. But getting
the narrative to work required some shaping. "A lot of scrutiny is given
to this stuff because of the cost," says Wedge, who declined to talk budget
(industry estimates say it's at least $75 million). "The concepts are vetted
exhaustively." For instance, a subplot which found Leguizamo's sloth cozying
up to a couple of females got whittled down to just one scene. "It was
too double entendre-y," says Leguizamo. "It was hilarious, but kids weren't
laughing, and parents weren't either." Preview audiences seem universally
tickled, however, by a mute little "scrat"--part squirrel, part rat-and
its acorn-burying antics. Bottom Line: the trailer has generated major
buzz, but can Fox market well to the kids? Thanks to Movie
Headlines for the alert.
A Fifth Lilo & StitchTrailer
on the Way?
'Mason' reportedly got an email from a Disney employee, revealing that
yet another inter-Stitch-al would target The
Jungle Book. "Stitch will be put in the 'I wanna be like you' scenes
where King Louie and Baloo are dancing, when King Louie is walking in a
line with a monkey, and Mowgli" -but it's Stitch instead of Baloo who comes
in next. This sounds surprising considering that the movie's official site
only has two blank teaser squares left, and that the Mouse House's strategy
seems to be poking fun at recent classics that kids are more familiar with.
Online Petition Against Snow White 2!
'Celbi Vagner' posted on the Animated
Movies Forum a quite unusual petition
-to stop Disney from releasing a sequel "to [Walt's] first animated film.
I do not think that The Walt Disney Co. has any right to going against
his wishes posthumously. Futhermore, with this petition, we are expressing
our wishes for there to be a limitation on future."
Upcoming Disney Track for Animated Members
Those subscribing to the Animated Mailing List will receive today an
email with this week's recap -plus a link to a special download page with
a song, not yet (re-)released. This is a zipped MP3 file and will only
be available for a few days. Enjoy!
Did You Know That... Stitch doesn't speak for most of Lilo
& Stitch -the film is not told through snappy dialogue but
rather through cleverly staged visual set pieces.
- February 9, 2001
The Animated Movies Forum Opens
FYI, a new forum part of Animated Movies opened a few minutes ago at
Another corner in cyber space for animation lovers to discuss past, present
and upcoming projects, check up on ongoing rumours and submit reviews.
Your own animated space to do whatever you please with -including chat.
Leave a note now and spread the word -enjoy!!
from the Second Inter-Stitch-Al
I can't wait for Stitch to "get his own movie" -but in the meantime,
if you have trouble downloading
the teaser, check out how Experiment 626 interferes with Aladdin and Jasmine's
romantic carpet ride and flies away with the girl through the picture gallery
posted by Disney
News -or the frame created by 'Anselmo'.
Third Ice Age Trailer Up
Though the movie's official site
is a little jewel and so much fun to discover, it quickly becomes a pain
to navigate through if you want to go straight to a specific section. So
I'd recommend you go check out this new trailer directly at Apple.com
-unless you've got a lot of time on your hands! I really hope this one
is a hit, in order to add a new player in the CGI game and give the young
talented team over at Blue Sky Studios a chance to prove themselves on
the long term.
Wallpapers from The Hunchback of Notre Dame II
The impressive thing about this DTV is that Disney got the entire cast
back -plus some other big names such as Haley Joel Osment (who'll also
be providing his voice for The Jungle Book II and The
Country Bears) and Jennifer Love Hewitt. The song she penned and
performs for the project sounds good too, but besides that... Everything
else looks quite scary, from animation to plot. And that shot of Madeleine
and Quasi sticking their tongue out in the rain -how more cheesy and cheap-looking
can Disney get? The French site Disney
Video looked at the sequel and gives it the thumbs down in a short
but clear verdict: "it looks like crap -and it is crap."
Did You Know That... On February 9, 1997, The
Simpsons became the longest-running prime-time animated series,
beating the record previously held by The Flintstones.
- February 8, 2001
Second Lilo & Stitch Trailer
Check out the hilarious intrusion of Stitch in Aladdin's universe
at the official site!
American Legends DVD Review
It was bound to happen, and here it is: the very first review to pop
up at Animated Movies! I have been putting off building a database of movie
and DVD reviews for a while now, because it was simply not on the top of
my priorities yet -let me
know how you feel about it. Not interested? Excited? Willing to contribute?
'BubbleGumUK' opens up the ball with a look at Disney's American Legends
on DVD -my big disappointment on that one is the absence of Ben and
"First off, the American Lengends
DVD features the well publicized inclusion of the John
Henry short from 2000. In fact, an extra sticker, in addition to
the already advertised cover art, points out 'All New John Henry
Animated Short, As Seen In Theatres', pointing at the release of Return
To Neverland, to which JH is attached to prints.
The DVD, which also includes peeks at Beauty
and the Beast, Winnie The Pooh, Atlantis,
Rock and 101 Dalmatians II, features the menu options on the
pages of a book: American Legends. Select 'play' and the program
starts with a cheap looking, badly shot and very poorly compressed video
introduction by actor James Earl jones. Despite the entire program only
running 58 minutes, the bit-rate on these inro links rarely jumps up past
First up is the eagerly awaited John Henry
short. Rather annoyingly, the shorts are presented as part of the whole
program, with Jones presenting each short. Basically this means that we
are still waiting for the definitive widescreen, full version of JH,
as it's been pan-and-scanned to fit the rest of the 1.33:1 material, with
it's credits cut and placed in a roll with the others at the disc's end.
The John Henry animation itself fits very
well into the mix - it bares most similarities with Paul Bunyan,
with a soundtrack very much in the Hercules/Gospel
style. The story tells of the slave John Henry, who is freed and helps
forge a railroad, proving himself against a technologically advanced steam-powered
construction engine. In these sequences, there is some amazing light and
shadow work, and the animation overall has a very classic look, although
it may try too hard to capture the 'pencil line' look of the 60s and 70s
- some of the shots expose this tecnique a little too obviously.
As for the controversy in having a white director,
Mark Henn, direct a story about predominantly black characters, well frankly
I don't know what all the fuss was about! The nine-minute JH is
a fantastic short and the supposedly down beat ending doesn't detract at
all - in fact you could argue that Pocahontas
is more unresolved. True, as has been mentioned on Animated Movies before,
Henry is shown to pass away, but the film soon builds itself up to reveal
the legacy he left behind, both in the form of a son, and the railroad.
The animators at Disney have every right to be
proud of this film - it is daring, bold and triumphant in every detail.
The brass at Disney shouldn't be afraid of it at all, and I am glad it
at least available in some form, although I can't wait to see it again
in it's complete version on the front of Return To Neverland!
As for the rest of the American Legends
DVD, the additional shorts included are Paul Bunyan (quite similar
in theme to JH), Johnny Appleseed (from the Melody
Time feature) and The Brave Engineer - although there are
many more tales that could have been included to build up running time
(Pecos Bill, Ben and Me, Saga of Windwagon Smith)...
The bonus features are limited to an 'American Legends' Learning Game,
and the original Walt Disney television introduction to Johnny Appleseed.
There's not much extra, although it's always great
to see Disney's intros, and I can't believe the program was so compressed,
as it's technically not using even half of the DVD's storage! The 58 minute
program actually only runs 54 minutes - there's a four short credit roll
at the end to make up the time difference!
All in all, I would recommend this DVD to Disney
fanatics (everyone on this site then!) for a chance to own the JH
short - possibly the only time we'll be able to, unless that long-ago planned
version of Song of the South ever
hits stands! Don't get me started on THAT one!!
Cartoon Fan Has His Name Legally Changed to Hong
'BubbleGumUK' also sent in a funny anecdote from his home country:
"29-year-old Gary Brett's mobile phone, council tax and driving licence
details are all now in his new name. Gary landed himself in trouble with
his wife, however, because he didn't tell her until after the change. The
first that 26-year-old Danielle knew about it was when their council tax
bill arrived addressed to Mr HK Phooey. Gary, of Potters Bar, Hertfordshire,
changed his name by deed pole on the Internet, reports The Sun. Danielle
told the paper: "It took Gary a long time to get me to drop my maiden name
and call myself Brett. If he thinks I'm calling myself Mrs Phooey he's
got another think coming. He's done daft things before but this takes the
dog biscuit." Gary said: "I've loved Hong Kong Phooey since I was a boy
and always wanted to be named after him. I'm quite serious about being
known as Mr Phooey. Danni was a bit upset. But she should be honoured to
be married to a Number One Superguy who's quicker than a human eye."
Songwriter Sheldon Allman Has Died
Composer Sheldon Allman has died at age 77. Sheldon explained a few
years ago to the L.A.
Times that he wrote the theme song for George of the Jungle
with singer and musician Stan Worth in 1967 at the request of producer
Jay Ward. The instructions were to name all the characters -head of the
jungle George; his wife, Ursula; the well-educated ape friend, Ape; and
elephant Shep, who thought he was a dog. Ward also ordered themes for two
other cartoons to run in the George time slot -satirical superhero
Chicken and a race-car driver called Tom Slick. "Stan came
over to my house," Sheldon Allman related. "We started at 1 o'clock, and
by 4 o'clock we had the three songs." Sheldon's wife, Lorraine, returning
home, was the first to hear the unforgettable "George, George, George"
singsong chant. "You guys," she chided, "with all of your talent and all
of your training, and this is what you find to put your time in on? Shame
of the Upcoming Lilo & Stitch
'Les' sent in what looks like scoops about the upcoming Inter-Stitch-Als
-but once again, no source was identified, so take it with a grain of salt.
In the Aladdin teaser, "Stitch flies
up in his spaceship next to Aladdin & Jasmine on their magic carpet
ride" and "whistles at Jasmine." Meanwhile, the Lion
King trailer "starts out just like the movie with the opening 'Circle
of Life' song... The animals make their way to the foot of Pride
Rock to pay their respects to Simba... but Rafiki holds up Stitch instead!"
And the fourth trailer that Disney is currently finishing would be based
on The Little Mermaid.
Writing Team Named for Dreamworks' Madagascar
reveals that Billy Frolick and Mark Burton are currently working on the
script for this CGI feature. It is still unclear whether Madonna is attached
to the project or if Jennifer Lopez will take over her role as Gloria the
hippo -but some singing can be expected!
Do Animation Studios Rely Too Much on Big Name Voice Actors?
"It's the hottest gig in show business," Larry Hummel, an agent at
International Creative Management Inc, told the Toronto
Star. "Everybody wants to do animation voice-over. It's a great creative
experience for them.'' But veteran voice actress June Foray, best known
as the voice of the flying squirrel Rocky in The Adventures Of Rocky
And Bullwinkle on television and in a recent feature film, is alarmed
by this increased reliance on stars. She laments that those performers
who specialize in the animated field no longer seem to even be in the running
to voice the lead characters. "We are all doing supplementary parts while
Cameron Diaz is getting paid $10 million," said Foray, who earned her own
star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "The stars receive millions of dollars
for doing voices for animated film and then there is the poor actor who
has to struggle to make at least $15,000 a year just to keep his benefits.
A lot of the young people — wonderful, good, solid voice actors — have
families and are buying homes, and work is bad for them." Clearly, stars
are very useful for the promotion of any movie, but will not attract crowds
as easily when only lending their voice to an animated character -furthermore,
with the exception of a few huge names, usually only quality live-action
flicks are carried further by their well-known cast. So if big name voice
actors can help an animated feature find its audience, it is unlikely to
make or break it commercially.
Japanese Animes Win U.S. Critics Over
Star gives the thumbs up -and four stars- to Osamu Tezuka's Metropolis,
currently in limited release in the U.S.:"Where western animation and comic
traditions have tended to maintain generic distinctions between the adorable
and adult, it's the Tezuka tradition -and subsequently the entire Japanese
tradition- to mix them up. The result is anime's most arrestingly non-western
convention of plunking plainly cartoonish characters into intricate environments."
A special edition DVD of Metropolis will be released on March 12:
the package will reportedly contain a normal sized DVD with the movie and
a special 3-inch mini-DVD holding an hour's worth of extras. Meanwhile,
Review can't say enough good things about the new disc for Vampire
Hunter D: Bloodlust: "it offers stunning animation and an intriguing
story. The film is action-packed and exciting from beginning to end." Anime
Oscars Are Priceless for Dreamworks Animation
Entertainment Weekly reports that on January 25, DreamWorks spent an
estimated $220,000 for three full-page ads in The New York Times advertising
- playing in one New York City theater,
Blast underlines. They also ran three full-page ads in the L.A. Times
- for shows in two Los Angeles venues. Shrek's three shows that
day at NYC's AMC Empire drew a grand total of 15 viewers. In other words,
$14, 667 per viewer. A DreamWorks rep responded, "You can't put a price
on allowing Academy members to see a film in the bigscreen format."
No Feature-Loaded Don Bluth DVDs In The Works
In news that will disappoint fans, director Don Bluth confirmed
that there is no plan for him to provide any kind of audio commentary or
content for upcoming DVD editions of his films. Besides Anastasia
and Titan A.E., his movies' discs are
Rental Revenues for Atlantis
The Lost Empire grossed $3.58M in VHS rental this week, landing
on the second spot, and $1.48M at the fourth place in the DVD rental charts.
The movie tops the VHS and DVD Purhcase lists though.
The Mouse House Reinvents Disney's California Adventure
When Disney's California Adventure debuted last year, it was touted
as a park themed for older children and adults, sporting a working winery,
gourmet restaurants and more sophisticated entertainment, AP
explains. For its new theme park, Disney took historical and educational
concepts from the Disney's America park that was proposed in Virginia but
never built and some already popular attractions from Walt Disney World,
and added new thrills, including a simulated hang gliding tour of California
and a roller coaster that goes from a dead stop to 55 mph in about four
seconds. Disney's California Adventure opened in February to less than
stellar reviews, however, and expected first-year crowds failed to materialize.
Guests said they wanted more attractions for kids, less expensive eats
and more to do for the $43 admission price. Disney listened. Now, characters
from the Disney animated feature Monsters,
Inc. cavort for the kids and work is starting on a new playground
attraction aimed squarely at 4- to 8-year-olds. It's also adding a new
play area based on the hit film A Bug's Life
and a 183-foot free-fall ride called The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
"This has been a challenging year,'' said Barry Braverman, Walt Disney
Imagineering executive producer for the park. "You have to step back and
say this is a brand new park. It's still evolving. It's still finding it's
Surprising Results of an Online Oscar Poll
Animation Magazine Online
released the top three films selected by more than 2,000 respondents as
of 2/1/02: Monsters, Inc. leads the pack with 57% of the dummy votes,
with Shrek on its heels (48%), and Final Fantasy (36%). These
are the features animation fans would apparently see among the Oscar nominees
to the first Best Animated Feature Award. Very likely unfortunately, Final
Fantasy will have to trade places with Waking Life -unlike the
Academy feels sorry enough for the closing of Square USA.
Why Would Disney Thank Kevin Lima for Return
According to 'Disney-maniac',
the director of Tarzan and Cats &
Dogs 2 was asked for help when the project "was 95% done." The director's
chair was official shared only by Robin Budd and Donovan Cook in the press
kit released yesterday by the Mouse House.
M.I. Producer Talks To The British Press...
Executive producer John Lasseter confirmed during an interview to Ananova
that one of the characters in Finding Nemo
makes a cameo appearance in Monsters, Inc.
"So after Finding Nemo comes out then you'll watch the video of
Inc and go 'Argh!' It's the longest we will ever wait for a laugh,"
said Lasseter. "At Pixar we always kind of make movies for ourselves. We're
adults, reasonably intelligent and we love to laugh, we love to be moved
in an audience, we love to see action and so on and so that's kind of the
approach we take with our films." John Lasseter says Billy Crystal's decision
to turn down the role of Buzz Lightyear in Toy
Story didn't affect the casting of the new film: "Billy always
says it is the one decision in his entire career that he regrets to this
day making," he said. "He said 'Yes' to this one before I'd even finished
asking him. It's like he's trying to make up for lost time. He loves Monsters
Inc, he's seen it probably six or seven times. He keeps bringing more and
more people to see it."
... And So Does M.I.'s Director
Meanwhile, director Pete Docter described
his movie as "Scooby Doo on steroids: I thought about things that I knew
were true for me as a kid. One, that my toys came to life when I wasn't
in the room and two, that there were monsters hiding in my closet waiting
to scare me. Basically the idea came out of trying to answer the question
why monsters scare kids. Maybe it's because they're trying to entertain
other monsters. It's like a reality TV show, or maybe even a sporting event
where, you know, the top guys go in, they scare the kids and all the other
monsters watch. But that didn't really go anywhere. Being parents we knew
that children are an extremely unstable source of energy, very volatile.
So we thought maybe the monsters go in, scare the kids to collect their
scream and the scream is the power source in the monster world. So that's
basically the idea kind of extrapolated out from that." Doctor added that
when Pixar casts actors to voice their characters it doesn't go for the
most famous names but for people who fit what they're looking for. "In
the case of Sulley, we needed someone with a great deal of strength and
power to him because he's the best scarer. But then he also needs to have
a sensitivity and a rea vulnerability to him as he becomes parent to the
little girl, Boo, and John Goodman really fit the bill well," he said.
No WGA for This Year's Animation Hits
The Writers Guild of America announced
its screenplay nominations Thursday: it turns out that Monsters,
Inc. and Shrek were ineligible
because their respective studios, Walt Disney and DreamWorks, had not signed
either the WGA contract or its new credits agreement for feature animation.
Little Mermaid III Rumour Debunked
My mom did tell me I should not believe everything I am told... Anyway,
it turns out that the rumoured 2004 direct-to-video sequel The Little
Mermaid III: Ursula's Return discussed at the Feature
Animation Forum was nothing but a hoax!
Did You Know That... Titan A.E.
was originally titled Planet Ice.
- February 7, 2001
Pixar To Greenlight Its First Post-Disney Feature This Summer!
The animation studio reported on Thursday fourth quarter profits double
the previous quarter's and handily beat forecasts as its hit movie Monsters,
Inc. began to pay off. "The numbers were as good as they seem.
Inc. was a big hit," said Peter Mirsky, an analyst at S.G. Cowen Securities.
But he said he was still neutral on Pixar, since its next movie, Finding
Nemo, was not due until summer 2003. Steve Jobs said in a conference
call with investors that Pixar aims to bring out a movie every 12 months,
compared to the current lag of about 18 months. The Pixar CEO added that
the three movies covered by its existing deal with Walt Disney Co. were
each in some stage of production and that Pixar was primed to "green light"
the first film of a "post-Disney world" this summer. Jobs denied that Disney
and Pixar were on poor terms and said Pixar might strike another deal with
Disney. However, he told investors Pixar would horde its cash so that it
could finance its own pictures -- or use the threat in negotiations. In
an interview with Reuters,
Jobs promised more original ideas even as rivals looked to animated adaptations.
"We are a very story driven studio. We have our creative teams constantly
thinking up really fun stories," he said.
Two Interesting Tidbits on Lilo &
According to the Brazilian site Animagic,
Disney's upcoming feature is based on a story pitched by writer-director
Chris Sanders over 10 years ago. Fantasy Island star Ricardo Montalban
will reportedly provide the voice of one of the movie's aliens.
Winnie The Pooh To Go CGI?
Okay, this is absolutely not based on any fact or rumour -but I recently
noticed a new set of Pooh mugs at Disney Stores across Manhattan, with
CGI-rendered Winnie, Tigger and co. And the result is simply... awesome!
Let's hope that, carried away by the success of other CGI features and
if they can keep their ownership rights over the property, Disney has some
computer-generated Winnie project cooking for us, because that looks like
it could be quite fantastic!
Return To NeverLand Press
Here are some excerpts from the official release forwarded to Animated
Movies by movie critic Eric Lurio: "Walt Disney Pictures is grateful to
Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, London to which Sir James Barrie
gave his copyright to Peter Pan in 1929. With Special Thanks to Kevin Lima."
The full song listing is also detailed, and will include not only "Do You
Believe in Magic" by BBMak, "Second Star to the Right" and "I'll Try" by
Jonatha Brooke, but also "Here We Go Another Plan" by Randy Rogel and "So
To Be One of Us" by They Might Be Giants.
Shrek Scores Publicists Nominations
SKG FanSite reports that Shrek has been nominated yet again,
this time for "top feature publicity campaign." Other titles include Moulin
Rouge, Legally Blonde, Harry Potter and American Pie
2. The Hollywood Union Publicists Awards will be held on March 20th,
2002 at Beverly Hilton.
Yet Another DTV Sequel In the Works?
Though I couldn't check the reliability of this rumour yet, Disney
planning to release The Little Mermaid III: Ursula's Revenge in
2004. That would make sense since The
Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea was one of 2000's top-10 highest
grossing movies with a total of $121 million in VHS and DVD revenues. Thanks
Asterix Breaks Record
The second live-action feature based on the "Asterix
& Obelix" comic book series opened to huge numbers in France, with
over 3,685,097 fans rushing to theaters -that's an astounding 70% of the
country's entire movie attendance! Astérix
et Obélix : mission Cléopâtre stars Gerard
Depardieu (102 Dalmatians) and Monica Belluci (Matrix Reloaded).
Rustles Up New Wind in the Willows
A lucky breeze blew through the trees for a pair of USC film school
grads and their artist partner, as Disney snapped up their bold concept
for a revamped version of the century-old animal adventure The Wind
in the Willows, Variety
reports. The studio agreed to pay a mid-six-figure sum for worldwide rights
to the treatment, art and related materials developed by Corey May, Michael
"Dooma" Wendschuh and Baruch Inbar. Disney is searching first for a director,
then a screenwriter before setting a budget, which is expected to be substantial,
given the project's likely reliance on visual effects. Kenneth Grahame's
1908 children's tale, which features four main animals in a series of adventures,
is in U.S. public domain, although some overseas rights to the name won't
expire until 2003, so the movie's ultimate title remains unclear. The project
was hatched after Wendschuh and May graduated from the Peter Stark Producing
Program at the University of Southern California last spring and then came
across artwork and sculptures by Inbar at the Art Center College of Design's
thesis show in Pasadena. Inbar's work rethought the Wind in the Willows
tale by adding a Jules Verne-influenced sensibility, an approach Wendschuh
and May said could be the basis for a live-action film featuring either
computer-generated characters or CGI-enhanced costumed performers. Eventually,
the pair's Sekretagent Prods. cut a partnership with Inbar, spent six months
honing treatment and artwork, and then pitched the studios. Disney, where
May was an intern, won out. Under the deal, Wendschuh and May secured executive
producer credits, and Inbar will be a co-producer and contribute to the
film's design. A 1996 Sony-backed version of The Wind in the Willows,
also known as Mr. Toad's
Wild Ride, was written and directed by Terry Jones and featured
several other Monty Python alums. It surfaced briefly to solid reviews
but little commercial success in an extremely limited opening. Several
animated TV and film projects, including a 1949
Disney short, also have tackled the story.
Rumours Go Wild about the Fourth Inter-Stitch-Al
And the nominees for the last Lilo
& Stitch mess-up trailer are... Snow
White and the Seven Dwarfs, Tarzan,
Jungle Book and Peter Pan. Note
that Jungle and Pan are the front-runners for the title,
with the most online rumours pointing at them. Thanks to 'Mason' for the
alert. As a reminder, Beauty &
the Beast, The Lion King
and Aladdin are the first three Disney
classics to get the Stitch treatment! BV Spain spokesperson Miguel Postigo
commented to Disney
FanClub that the Lion King take is the best of all completed
New Disney Commercials Premiere on TV
The Mouse House just launched two new ad campaigns -one for the direct-to-video
American Legends featuring excerpts from the much-talked about short
Henry, which will also be attached to theatrical copies of Return
to NeverLand; and a second one for the Atlantis:
The Lost Empire VHS and DVD which is currently at the top of U.S.
Shrek Goes Platinum
The movie's first sountrack has shipped over 1 million units in the
U.S. and clings on to the Billboard 50 after almost 9 months in release!
It is all the more impressive since the Shrek CD never climbed higher
than the 28th spot, and still managed to sell as many copies as Madonna's
latest greatest hits compilation or Aaliyah's self-titled album.
Did You Know That... On October 23, 1997 a "Save
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" campaign was launched, gathering a petition of
over 1,100 names to protest against closing the Walt Disney World ride
and distributing 13,000 free postcards to promote its cause. Unfortunately,
Mr. Toad still took his last Wild Ride on Monday, September 7, 1998. Disney
did not confirm this until less than a week before The Ride was scheduled
to close, "after lying to us for almost a year" stated the campaign manager!
Meanwhile, you can still enjoy the ride at Disneyland California where
it remains open -thanks to 'Josh' for the correction!
- February 6, 2001
New Lilo & Stitch Trailers
On The Way
According to the DisneyFan
Club, the Mouse House will soon release two teasers featuring intergalactic
terror Stitch messing up with some of their most beloved classics: after
and the Beast, it would now be the turn of The
Lion King and Aladdin to get
a little visit from Experiment 626! It is actually likely that a fourth
inter-Stitch-al will follow shortly after, since there are not two but
three empty boxes next to the Beauty
and the Beast trailer square on the movie's newly
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Gets the Royal Treatment on DVD
File announces that a new Vista Series edition of the Robert Zemeckis
smash Who Framed Roger Rabbit? is currently in the works over at
Disney. This is the same edition that brought us the Unbreakable
feature-loaded discs. Thanks to 'Wing-ap-o' for the heads up!
& Stitch Site Updated
"His name is Stitch": check out the profile of Experiment 626, who
escaped from the Galactic Federation, or check out the Inter-Stitch-al
& the Beast teaser!
A Jimmy Neutron Sequel Officially in the Works
Writer/producer/director/actor Steve Oedekerk revealed to IGN,
while promoting his new movie Kung Pow, that "the Jimmy Neutron
sequel just got ordered so we're going to start work on that in a few weeks.
TV series for Neutron comes out next December."
Second Ice Age Review: "Has Its Slow
"This movie is not Shrek which nailed the irreverent thing,"
Trades. "It's not Monster, Inc. which was pretty darn original
now that I think about it. It's a story that you've seen, but it's a story
that you will probably enjoy seeing again." On the brighter side, Trades
admit that Blue Sky Studios achieve to "make an icy scene – which is void
of color – fun and exciting. You like the characters. You want them to
succeed. You laugh at the one-liners. It's all clean innocent fun with
a hidden message parents can be proud of." Doesn't sound bad to me!
Unreleased Monsters, Inc. Tops
UK Box Office Chart!
that the Pixar blockbuster has topped the UK box office chart before it
is officially released: the movie was shown in special previews at 479
screens in the UK over the weekend. It took £2.7 million, knocking
Sky off the top of the box office charts.
Monstruous Battle for Oscar Glory
Unlimited Observer gave a final verdict while covering the U.K. release
of Monsters, Inc.: "the chances of Disney beating its arch rival
on Academy Awards night look slim."
Review of Balto II: Wolf Quest
Review calls this direct-to-video sequel, premiering next week on Toon
TV, "a film with its heart in the right place but which, in the end, unfortunately
falls a bit flat. (...) The story is just too problematic to be entertaining",
the animation style is "of fairly low quality. More and more it seems as
if Universal is using their releases as a promotion platform for franchises
rather than offer value materials. Balto II is a fairly weak effort
and only the most stalwart fans of the wolf dog will likely be interested
in the sequel. There’s nothing flat-out bad about the program but it just
doesn’t capture the imagination of the viewer like the original
Special Disney Offer for Cinderella II
Pre-order Dreams Come True by February 25 from the Disney
Store and receive a set of four commemorative bonus lithographs. This
2/26 disc is very fairly priced at $19.99 on the site. I'm still not over
the great offer Disney put together for the launch of the Snow White
DVD -with free litographs and DVD!
Is Imagination Becoming Endangered?
"Sequels don't fuel a kid's imagination," states Kim Ode for the Star
Tribune. "We recently rented The Princess Diaries, brought to
us by the venerable machine called Disney. Cute movie. The previews of
upcoming features were another matter. (...) Kids have grown so used to
sequels that I didn't think mine would miss a beat. So I was surprised
when they reacted as if Walt Disney himself had just patted them on their
heads and said, 'Aren't you just the simplest things?' They delivered a
united verdict: This is pathetic."
Buena Vista Comments on the European Atlantis
DVD -and DTV Sequels
Club talked to Buena Vista Spain about the House Mouse's decision to
release the Atlantis DVD only in full screen. BVHE-Spain explained
that they are totally against this choice but cannot do anything about
it -only consumer pressure could possibly have the London and Burbank offices
change their mind. BVHE forwarded all the complaints they received -these
include the lack of extras on the Snow White disc, fake widescreen
version created for The Emperor's New Groove- to their mother company,
but little is to be done about it since, according to surveys, parents
are the ones who buy most Disney DVDs, and they typically don't care about
the disc's production details. Additionnally, spokeperson Miguel Postigo
explained that Disney's motivation to produce the much criticized direct-to-video
sequels is to satisfy consumer's requests to get home video products based
on the old Disney formula, and leave more daring projects for theaters.
Britney Spears, Westlife and Destiny's Child To star in Disney TV special
The show will be broadcast to tie-in with the opening of the Walt
Disney Studios in Paris on March 16, Ananova
says. It will be shown in France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands,
Spain and the UK, and an international version will be developed for worldwide
distribution. Disney TV executive John Hardie said: "This is one of the
most ambitious television productions that Disney has undertaken in Europe.
The programme will first and foremost be an excellent family entertainment
show. But rather than producing just one programme for all countries, we
are making this relevant to families across Europe by producing entirely
Batman Animated Cover Art
Toon Zone got its hands on the cool DVD cover art -check
Did You Know That... James Barrie wrote several sequels to his original
creation Peter Pan: Captain
Hook died in the original tale -"Hook went content to the crocodile-",
but Wendy did grow up to have a daughter, Jane, who took up her mother's
pledge to return once a year to do Peter's spring cleaning.
- February 5, 2001
Making of Rock-A-Doodle
Don Bluth takes us behind the scenes of his 1991 feature in another
surprisingly honest message posted on what may be the most interactive
Websites currently up: "The film did not turn out as we planned. A
little bit of history may help. We were in a business deal with Goldcrest
Films and Television. It was the 2nd of the two-picture deal. The first
was All Dogs Go to Heaven.
Our first problem occurred at the start of the production of the live-action
bookend elements, where the story gets set up and resolved. Victor French
was hired to direct the live action. Just after he arrived to start the
shoot, he discovered that he had pancreatic cancer. He was experiencing
back pain. We sent him to the Black Rock Clinic in Dublin. They basically
told him to go back to the States and gave him about 8 weeks to live. Eight
weeks later, he was gone. What a disaster for him and for our film. We
were already on the march thru the live-action production, people in place
to work, contracts committed to, including the entire cast (who were also
already in Dublin for the filmming), so Don took over the Director position
and pushed the live-action thru. We chauffered him to and from the studios.
In the car, he would story board scenes for the animators. So the whole
thing got off to a rough start. Once we got a handle on the picture, story
reel with the live action bookends all cut together so we could see it,
we really started to move. Pinky was a caricature of someone like Colonal
Parker (or the Colonal himself). We had a lot of fun with that character.
[But] the next disaster was that Goldcrest became concerned about one of
our funniest sequences in the film. It was the sequence where Christopher
Plummer's character, the Grand Duke (the large Great Horned Owl), was in
his kitchen, making a skunk pie. The skunk was a baby skunk, with the voice
of an eight-year old actor. Goldcrest went on and on about child abuse
and that most abuse occurs in the kitchen. They made us cut most of this
sequence out. This sequence was one of the favorite sequences of the children
of the staff. This is where the Great Owl sings opera and prepares the
dough for the pie with the poor little skunk trying to get away. At the
end of the sequence the Owl's stupid nephew, played by Charles Nelson Reilly,
crashes into the pots and pans, startling the Grand Duke, allowing the
little skunk to flee. This was a great dissappointment as it got some of
the biggest laughs in the film. The next problem was that they (Goldcrest)
insisted that Goldie be covered better. They had a problem with her costume.
We had to go back and add the fur around the top of the strapless bustier,
to cover up Goldie's cleavage. We really felt that the film was gutted.
did not have good distribution. It was picked up by Samuel Goldwyn, a small
independent US distributor. The first problem was that they completely
redesigned our poster advertising art. The European campaign used our poster
art, which showed Edmund, the cat, riding on the front of a '59 Cadillac,
driving thru the flood waters. The owls were on the flooded barn, in the
distance and you could see Chanticleer on top of the highest building of
the city with his guitar. This poster art was to telegraph to the audience
that the film was a fifties rock 'n roll movie. The poster that was used
for the US campaign had a waist shot of the main characters with Chanticleer
holding Edmund the cat. The city skyline was in the background - we hated
it. It didn't offer any of the energy contained in the European poster.
The US campaign was weak compared to our other films' campaigns. MGM/UA's
campaign for All Dogs, under
the management of David Forbes, was very well done. Obviously the campaigns
for An American Tail and Land
Before Time were terrific because of Steven Spielberg's envolvement
and Universal wanted to make a big splash in animation."
Balto II on U.S. TV
If you're unsure whether this straight-to-video adventure is worth
in, why don't you wait a bit and catch its TV premiere on February 16,
at 7pm ET on the Toon channel -three days before its video and DVD release!
II: Wolf Quest will also air on Toon on Sunday 2/17 at 10am ET. This
new adventure picks up where Balto ended.
After settling down with Jenna and having 6 pups, it soon becomes time
for Balto to give his children up for adoption to human families. However,
no one wants Aleu, his daughter, because she looks so much like a wolf.
When Aleu figures this out, she runs away, forcing Balto to go after her
and sending her on a journey full of self discovery. BALTO II is a delightful
and adventurous children's yarn that imparts a valuable lesson about being
oneself. The voice cast includes Mark Hamill, Jody Benson, David Carradine
and Lacey Chabert.
Hasbro Unveils First Lilo & Stitch
Action-Fiugre announces that "there will be a whole range of figures
from the film aimed at boys aged 4+ and a Hula Dancing Lilo Doll and Hula
Activity Set for girls of the same age. One sure-fire winner with both
boys and girls is bound to be the Special Feature Stitch - who features
the latest voice recognition technology and is able to interact." Check
out six pictures (on pages 2,
taken at the Global ToyFair! Thanks to Disney
U.S. Weekend Box-Office Data
#18: Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius with $1,206,339 (-32%) for a
total gross of $77,730,692
#19: Beauty and the Beast
- Special Edition with $1,161,856 (-21%) for a total gross of $14,137,018
#25: Monsters, Inc. with $442,164
(-20%) for a total gross of $251,264,540
#40: Metropolis with $79,168 (-6%) for a total gross of
#50: Escaflowne with $33,300 on its opening weekend, for a total
gross of $56,520
Monsters Tear It Up Overseas
Pixar's Monsters, Inc. whistled up $3.1 million in Germany for
the market's fourth-biggest toon bow behind Dinosaur,
and The Lion King, and $570,000 in
Austria (beating the Toy Story films),
reports. The picture also drew $415,000 in Taiwan (on par with Toy
Story 2) and $250,000 in Poland as its foreign total climbed to
$58.5 million. The blockbuster still hasn't been released on some major
markets, including France.
Spanish Scripts for Hayao Miyazaki Movies
Latin animation fans will be happy, as Nausicaa.net
posted online the translated scripts of five Miyazaki classics, as well
as the excellent Grave of the Fireflies. For everybody else, the
English-translated scripts are still available.
Did You Know That... Dee Wallace from E.T. fame provided
her voice for Edmond's mother in Don Bluth's Rock-A-Doodle.
- February 4, 2001
A Major Update on Finding Nemo
Cast, plot, design and early feel -Corona has it all with this exciting
message reproduced on the Feature
Animation Forum: "On January, 31, 2002 I attended to a Walt Disney
Pictures meeting in Milan, Italy, to see what's cooking in 2002 and 2003.
I didn't expect anything particular so I kinda slept my way through the
teaser trailers and storyboards from Treasure Planet, Lilo &
Stitch, The Jungle Book II and so on. The best bits, though,
came when I was beginning to beg for the end of it all: the lady who's
been entertaining the audience for the last 2 or so hours said she'd got
something really special in store -test footage and animated storyboards
from Finding Nemo. Here's all I can
tell from what I've seen: 1) The plot: simple but neat: Nemo, a little
clownfish, gets caught by a scuba diver and ends up in a dentist's aquarium
in Sydney while his dad, namely Marlin (!), goes looking for him. Both
of them make strange acquaintances: while the little guy finds out he's
in a fishy loony bin - something like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
- his father makes friends with a nice lady suffering from short-term memory
losses. The proverbial, funny mess ensues. 2) Characters: now, this is
really nice. As usual, the guys from Pixar have envisioned a bunch of guys
which are really fun without looking silly. Nemo's cute as hell (plush
toys, anyone?), Marlin's a regular guy and the lady fish (voice: Ellen
DeGeneres) is really fun, not to mention the guys from the aquarium (amongst
them, a starfish with a penchant for endless, boring remarks, a black-and-white
striped 'leader of the pack' covered with scars and a really timid, yellow-and-purple
skinny guy). Plus, there's a bunch of sharks looking like they're just
outta an 'Alcoholists Anonymous' meeting. The test footage, rendering,
etc.: awesome. Simply awesome. This baby is much better than Monsters,
Inc. The coral reef looks as real as a Discovery Channel documentary,
and all the ocean's inhabitants - our heroes, yessir, but also the supporting
characters, jellyfish, whales, etc. look wonderful. Hope this helps to
give everyone some 'ocean awareness'..."
Site Launched for Return to NeverLand
site for the movie's soundtrack is finally up: you can listen to snippets
from all of the CD's 23 songs, including "Second Star to the Right" and
"I'll Try" by folk artist Jonatha Brooke, plus the end-title "Do You Believe
in Magic?" by BBMak. Composer Joel McNeely (Splash Too, Flipper,
James Cameron's Dark Angel) wrote this Peter Pan score. Beware when
you check out the movie's track listing -it is quite spoiler-filled! Thanks
to 'Joel' for the heads up.
Spirit Set To Go The Distance
announces today that DreamWorks' animated horse love story, Spirit:
Stallion of the Cimarron, will be carried by a projected $75-100
million in promotional support and partnerships with Burger King, Baskin-Robbins,
M&M/Mars, Hewlett-Packard and juice-maker Veryfine. DreamWorks also
is expecting solid retail tie-ins and has projected a Spirit presence
in 80,000 retail outlets, sources said. DreamWorks executives were said
to have held tete-a-tetes with Wal-Mart brass over a follow-up to the discounter's
support for the studio's 2001 hit Shrek, though no deals are signed.
New Spirit Fan Club
Stay on top of the game by joining this new
group -no connection with Animated Movies but apparently a nice place
for fans to gather and exchange information about Stallion of the Cimarron.
Shrek's Donkey Up for an Oscar Nomination?
Since his surprise nomination at the BAFTA (British Academy of Film
& Television Arts) last week, Dreamworks has high hopes that Shrek's
Eddie Murphy is going to get a Best Supporting Actor nod for a voice actor
when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announces Oscar
nominations on February 12. "The odds aren't great," analyzes Business
Week Online. "There's no telling how much added buzz Shrek will
get if Murphy becomes the first 'voice' nominated for best supporting actor.
That's why Dreamworks' marketing whiz Terry Press is pulling out all the
stops, even if it's an uphill battle. Press is already spending tons of
money to promote Shrek, which will likely be nominated this year
for the first best animated film Oscar. She has spent well over $5 million
so far, putting ads in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, many of which
heavily stress the lovable donkey. Notable is the full-page back cover
Dreamworks took out showing him wearing black shades and a goofy grin as
he thanks the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. for nominating Shrek as the
year's best animated feature." Terry Press asks: "if the nominations go
to the actor that gives the best performance, how can you not vote for
what Eddie Murphy did in this film? Anyone who thinks that doing the voice
for an animated film isn't acting just doesn't know what they're talking
about. It's hard work."
Clarification on the Oil & Vinegar
Director Mike Blum explained to Animated Movies how the online rumour
that his short movie was going to be Disney's major 2004 animated feature
all started: "The rumor is completely unfounded. It started because
I work at Disney and Oil & Vinegar was done largely as an underground
project. Someone not in the know obviously leaked some misinformation.
I've tried contacting various websites to inform them of their mistake
but the rumor seems to have a life of its own." Download the hilarious
& Vinegar now at Pipsqueak
Enthusiastic First Review of A Nearly Completed Ice
The same site that spread a negative early buzz for the first Blue
Sky Studios feature did the movie justice by publishing a first actual
review. This second AICN
spy "liked [Ice Age]. A lot. (...) Strangely gripping story that
wasn't afraid to be a bit dark. The setting and the gags were inventive
and surprising. The humour does the current thing of making cracks for
the grown-ups, but it wasn't afraid to be occasionally near to the knuckle,
too. The animation was enjoyable. I'd give it points for verve, and wearing
its style on its sleeve - it makes its own world, and a surprisingly convincing
one at that. Over all, thumbs up. Very nice moments, touching, sad beats
that are more than you might expect from this franchise ready fare. It's
a whole new 'dark PG' world out there."
The Status of Cats
'Eric L.' gives us the lowdown on the animated version of Cats:
"The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical was one of the longest failed projects
in animation history, having supposed to have have come out in the early
'90s....It was directed by Phi Nebblink and Ned Zondag, who laboured for
years before it was finally put to sleep in 1998. There was a finished
story reel and finished animation was being worked on at one point."
Redrawings Underway for Treasure Planet?
According to Dark Horizons,
there's a rumour going around that some major 'redrawings' are underway
for Disney's Fall animated release Treasure Planet. There's talk
the 'Hawkins' character has come off as a punk kid which not many have
liked so nearly all of his scenes are being redone.
Don Bluth Updates Us on the Status of Dragon's
Lair: The Movie -and Space Ace
Hollywood Reporter confirms that "Don Bluth's best-selling laserdisc
video game Dragon's Lair, which debuted in arcades 18 years ago
and has generated more than $130 million in revenue through its translation
to 16 different gaming platforms, has an animated feature film in preproduction
in Phoenix at Don Bluth Films. Bluth and screenwriter Rob McFarlane just
completed the script for the feature, which is a prequel to the video games
and will follow Dirk the Daring from his birth through his early adventures.
John Hoffman and John Lakey worked out the story, which will introduce
a more rounded personality for damsel-in-distress Princess Daphne, Mordroc
the wizard and a new dragon. Christopher Stone, who composed 40 minutes
of original music for the new game as well as the two original laserdisc
games, will score the feature. "We think we can get this movie done for
$30 million with a staff of 160 people," Bluth said. "We have a staff of
seven that has been working on the story. The way I work with co-director
Gary Goldman, I do the preproduction with the storyboarding and layouts
and then turn the reins over to Gary. We're currently researching whether
to make the film full 3-D CGI or traditional 2-D with some CGI." The film,
which is seeking a distributor and is expected to begin production in the
next three months, is aimed at a 2003 release to coincide with the 20th
anniversary of the game. The 18- to 22-month schedule that has been mapped
out for a traditional 2-D animated film could be expanded should Bluth
and company decide to go with a CGI feature. "Should we decide to go full
CGI, we'd use similar technology to that which was developed for the new
game, which uses Toon Shader to create 3-D models that will have a unique
2-D cel animated look," said Goldman. "We'd have our 2-D animators assist
the 3-D animators with the facial expressions and traditional animation
techniques." The hope is to launch Dragon's
Lair as a feature film franchise and reinvigorate the game franchise
with additional adventures. "One of the things that made Dragon's Lair
successful was that it was like watching a feature animated film," Bluth
said. Ubi Soft and Encore are expected to vie for the rights to the next
Lair games, which will be based on the feature film and are expected
to ship in conjunction with the theatrical release. "About a quarter-billion
people have played this game worldwide since it launched in 1983, with
40% of game sales coming from North America and 60 percent coming from
the rest of the world," said Rick Dyer, who co-created the original games
with Bluth and has been developing the new game for the past three years
at their Dragon Stone Software. " Dragon's Lair is like the Monopoly
of video games. It's been on store shelves for 18 years straight in various
formats and continues to sell well." Bluth also might turn his other video
game creation, Space Ace, into a feature film and a revived video
game franchise. "After doing Titan A.E.,
our appetites were whetted for science fiction, and Space Ace takes
a very humorous approach to sci-fi," Bluth said.
Why Dreamworks Animation and Amblimation are "the exact same studio"
More from 'Eric L', with a little studio history... "Amblimation was
founded in 1989 when Spielberg fired Don Bluth, and was later folded into
Dreamworks (the entire company was given work visas and moved en masse
to Hollywood from London), except for the small unit doing Cats
in 1997. Amblimation's films are An American Tail 2 (1991), which
was a disaster, and the second ever animated sequel. We're
Back: A Dinosaur's Tale (1993), which was supposed to have come
out in 1992, and had massive story problems... and Balto
(1995) which was actually pretty good but failed at the box-office as Universal
pretty much gave up on it before it came out." Indeed, Balto was
a great movie, and Fieveld Goes West an entertaining minor feature.
Behind-The-Scenes of Ice Age
Director Chris Wedge recently discussed the making of his first movie
"There are actually theoretical physicists on our staff at Blue Sky that
understand the physics of light to the extent that they can mimic it inside
the computer," director Chris Wedge said. "What they track are the complexities
of light, the way that light rays, the way you learn about it in high school,
photons I guess, spray into a scene and splash around and create all the
complexities that we associate with the way the world looks. And I think
you'll be able to see when you look at the imagery today that there is
an almost storybook appeal to the characters because partially the way
they're rendered with this technology." Wedge felt the ice age was the
perfect setting for an animated film, as it allowed a balance between realism
and artistic freedom. "It seemed to me that when we first started in on
it that we could take quite a bit of creative license because no one was
actually there," Wedge said. "We did a little bit of research. We spent
quite a bit of time at the American Museum of Natural History in New York
looking at mammoth bones and the great murals that were painted there.
[We] actually consulted with an anthropologist there, Dr. Randall White,
who told us, 'Yeah, pretty much take whatever creative license you want
to. Just do me one favor. Promise me you won't put any dinosaurs in the
movie. The dinosaurs were extinct about 350 million years before this.'
We made him that promise at that meeting but we managed to slip one through
anyway. You'll see how we did it. But it seemed to me that we could have
a lot of fun making the ice age itself a character in the movie and make
an animated world and use it to kick off the story." Since the heroes of
the film are talking animals, Wedge decided to humanize them while humans
in the film are portrayed as more animalistic. "It's a movie where all
the animals talk and none of the humans do," Wedge said. "It's kind of
shot as if the characters were humans and whenever we see the humans, they're
shot more like nature photography. I think one thing that's going to surprise
a lot of people about our movie is I think you're going to go expecting
to see a lot of great humor and action and adventure as you would when
you go to most animated films," Wedge said. "But what you find as our film
progresses is that there's a lot of heart as these three characters find
a bond. They all kind of dig into their pasts. The themes it explores are
about family and the different forms that it takes, family breaking apart
and families coming together and finding family where you least expect
Help! I'm A Fish Gets A U.S. Premiere
Unfortunately too late to make it eligible for the 2001 Best Animated
Feature Oscar. The Danish production will get two showings at the 2002
International Children's Film Festival, on March 9 and March 23.
Oil & Vinegar: Another Rumoured
This has been one of these projects much talked about among animation
fans since the late '90s. Like Selkies
or SharkSlayer to name only two,
the rumour has been floating around for a while that some major animation
studio -in this case, Disney- was developping this as a feature project,
though no official source ever confirmed it. Expected to be released in
2004, Oil & Vinegar turned out to be nothing more than a 3-minute
short produced by Walt Disney Animation. Today, one of the best movie
sites, Dark Horizons,
is pointed it at again -"the acclaimed animated film has finally hit the
Net" (even though it actually popped up on the Web in October 2000).
Andreas Deja Studio Lunch Experience...
What's up with that?? Digital
Media FX reports that Disney is auctioning off lunch with well-known
animator Andreas Deja as the studio continues to find financial revenues
in its partnership with eBay.
In October, Disney auctioned a lunch with Roy Disney that fetched $12,000.
Disney describes Andreas Deja as follows: "Andreas Deja is one of Disney's
premiere animation artists, having begun his career working with Disney
legend Eric Larson on such early assignments as The
Black Cauldron, The Great
Mouse Detective and Oliver &
Company. Since then, Deja has created such memorable Disney villains
as the pompous Gaston for Beauty and
the Beast, the evil vizier Jafar for Aladdin
and the power-hungry Scar for The Lion King.
After bringing to life his first Disney hero, the title character of the
epic comedy Hercules, Deja will show fans a softer side in Summer 2002
as the supervising animator for Lilo, the little Hawaiian heroine of Disney's
and Stitch, a film in production at the Walt Disney Feature Animation
Studio in Orlando, Florida." Disney says the winning bidder will receive
the following: "One lucky winning bidder will enjoy lunch with Andreas
at the Rotunda, The Walt Disney Studios' executive dining room, and will
also be treated to a private tour of the Disney Studios lot, which is not
open to the general public." As of the printing of this story, bidding
was at $350 with four days to go... Which makes one wonders -what's next?
Hand-painted cells of a naked Minnie autographed by Michael Eisner if the
price is right??
Rating for Spirit: Stallion
of the Cimarron
The MPAA just gave it, as expected, a G Rating (for General Audiences).
Did You Know That... Several studio executives and Oscar strategists
that some of this year's campaigns cost $10 million to $15 million, just
to get the nomination?
- February 3, 2001
Return to NeverLand Soundtrack
Even though there is no trace of it yet in the main online music stores,
'Mason' confirms that Disney will indeed release a soundtrack album for
the Peter Pan sequel, which opens in
the U.S. in only two weeks. Boys band BBmak will perform "Do You Believe
in Magic", which will play when Peter is showing NeverLand to Wendy's daughter
Jane, who jeopardizes Tink's light by not believing in fairies.
Model Sheets for Spirit
and Lilo & Stitch
Animation scored several great model sheets for these upcoming features.
Magic Meets Disney Music with PhilharMagic
WDW Magic informs
us via Animagic that a new 3-D film spectacular will debut in 2003 at the
Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World Resort. "Mickey's PhilharMagic"
will star Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other favorite Disney characters
animated in a way they've never before been seen: grand, glorious, in-your-face
three dimensions. "We're really excited about this new attraction," said
Al Weiss, president of Walt Disney World Resort. "Guests love the Disney
characters and films, and this gives them the chance to take a magical
ride right into the world of Disney animation." The "Mickey's PhilharMagic"
cast will include Mickey and Donald, as well as Ariel from The
Little Mermaid, Aladdin and Jasmine from Aladdin
and Simba from The Lion King. Set
in the PhilharMagic Concert Hall, which replaces "Legend of the Lion King"
in Fantasyland, the eye-popping 3-D experience will unfold on one of the
largest screens ever created for a 3-D film, a 150-foot-wide canvas. Complete
with in-theater effects, the attraction will immerse guests in the richly
animated world of the Disney characters. The Walt Disney Company has experimented
with animating the Disney characters in 3-D before, most notably in "Working
for Peanuts," a 1953 Donald Duck/Chip 'n' Dale cartoon short, but never
on a scale as grand as "Mickey's PhilharMagic." The attraction is being
produced through the combined efforts of Walt Disney Imagineering and Walt
Disney Feature Animation. "We're always exploring ways to take 3-D to the
next level," said Tom Fitzgerald, executive vice president and senior creative
executive at Walt Disney Imagineering. "From 'Jim Henson's Muppet*Vision
3D' to 'Honey, I Shrunk the Audience' to 'It's Tough to be a Bug!', we
keep looking for new ways to allow guests to become a part of the action
and story. " 'Mickey's PhilharMagic' will be the most animated, energetic
and magical 3-D show we've ever created!" The story of the show will be
based around Mickey Mouse taking us through a journey of the greatest Disney
Music and Movies of all time. FASTPASS will also be added to the show,
which will have extensive in-theater effects - including a motion base
floor to the theater, changing sets, in-theater props, fog and fibre-optics.
The success of this ride is likely to impact the status of the rumoured
Search of Mickey project, which is currently in development hell.
Box-Office Preview for Ice Age
The excellent Box
Office Report forecasts a $9M opening day, $33M opening weekend, and
$125-175M total gross for the first Blue Sky Studios production. "The film's
early ad-campaign has gone over exceptionally well with children and adults
alike, which should be enough to generate a strong opening weekend, especially
when considering the recent popularity of computer animated family films.
At the same time matching the domestic success of films such as Monsters
Inc., Shrek and Toy
Story will be quite a challenge for Fox given the film's Spring
release date, the close proximity to the anticipated March 22 re-release
of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and the possibility that Fox may be
jumping on the computer animated bandwagon just a little too late. So while
Age may very well be the highest grossing film of the spring, its
domestic performance will likely pail in comparison to those of Monsters
Inc. and Shrek."
No Lilo Teaser for DVD Lovers
The Lilo & Stitch trailer will not be attached to any of
the major Disney animated releases: it is nowhere to be found on the Atlantis
disc, or, according to postings at the Feature
Animation Forum, the upcoming Peter Pan: Special Edition or
American Legends DVDs. In another Marketing move upsetting animation
Club reports that Atlantis: The Lost Empire will be released
in full screen format only on DVD -at least in Spain, and likely in the
rest of Europe as well.
Mickey the Snowman
Yahoo! posted two pictures (1,
of members of the Ground Self-Defense Force putting the finishing touches
last Monday on a snow sculpture of Mickey Mouse for the Sapporo Snow Festival
in Sapporo, northern Japan. The festival, one of world's largest snow and
ice sculpture festivals, will be held between February 5 to 11 with 21
countries and regions participating.
Exclusive Spirit Wallpaper for Members
A very cool February wallpaper is available for download to those subscribing
to the free Animation Mailing List. You'll find the link at the bottom
of the monthly newsletter, which is going out today.
Did You Know That... Though it may never see the light of day, In
Search of Mickey is expected to be Disney's 50th Feature Film;
in this movie featuring the Mouse House's most famous characters, Minnie
hires the greatest detective alive, Basil of Baker Street, to help find
Mickey who got "mouse-knapped."
- February 2, 2001
2 In Pre-Production?
According to the Feature Animation Forum, a Fall 2003 direct-to-video
sequel, which "is more of a chapter in the film than a sequel", is
in storyboard stage right now. Though it doesn't have a title yet, Phil
Collins (who is also penning the soundtrack for Bears)
already wrote new songs for it. Ohio Studio character builders (The
Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea) are doing all pre-production and
directing Tarzan 2 -they are currently finishing directing another
direct-to-video project, 101 Dalmatians: The Animated Sequel (aka
London Adventure), which is reportedly "really enjoyable." Before
2, a compilation of several episodes from the Tarzan TV series,
retitled Tarzan & Jane and promoted on the Atlantis VHS,
will get released.
Don Bluth Abandonned a Dracula Animated Project!
Asked if he would ever consider pushing himself into unfamiliar, dark
animated story territory, director Don Bluth made an interesting comment:
"We've toyed with film concepts like Dracula and even developed it for
a few months. It was abandoned, but we really got excited about the possibilities.
The script was written by Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer).
A project like this could be a problem for distributors, but it's not out
of the question. In our past efforts, we have attempted to go in a more
adult approach, NIMH, Anastasia
and Titan A.E. The results were not great.
So, it is difficult to jump on this idea, it is already difficult to raise
money for animation. The most successful animated films are for families.
Aan animated film with a more adult approach will eventually hit the mark
and ring the bell. Shrek worked for the
adult audience and the families as well. Animation and family films rated
G or PG, actually dominate the revenue taken in by film distributors. From
around 1988 to date, only 3% of the films made, fit the G or PG rating.
However, these few films took in 78% of the revenue and 58% of the profits,
compared to the other 97% of the films made. Of course this number includes
the huge hits like Beauty and the Beast,
King, Toy Story I and II,
Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc
and Shrek. Looks like families rule. We'll see where it goes from
here." Also check out Don's official
board to read what he thinks about the future of traditional animation.
Did You Know That... In 1984, Don Bluth did a lot of development
on Beauty and the Beast,
based on the original story and a script by Don and John Pomeroy, but the
project was never funded.
- February 1, 2001
Says Has Three Pictures Left to Deliver to Disney
That kind of public reminder can't be good for Disney... Reuters
reports that Pixar Animation Studios Inc. said on Thursday it had only
three pictures left to deliver to The Walt Disney Co. under their current
co-production agreement. The company said the clarification stemmed from
some questions arising from comments by Disney's Chief Executive Michael
Eisner during the company's first quarter conference call on Thursday afternoon.
Pixar and Disney representatives were not immediately available for details.
"Pixar has only three pictures left to deliver under its current deal with
Disney, and all three of these pictures are currently in some stage of
production," Pixar CEO Steve Jobs said. The underwater adventure Finding
Nemo will hit screens in 2003, Brad Bird's comedy about a dysfunctional
family of high-profile superheroes, The
Invincibles, in 2004, and John Lasseter's car-driven Route
66 in 2005. "While Pixar has the right of first refusal to make
sequels of its films, it has no obligation to do so. Pixar enjoys a very
successful relationship with Disney and we look forward to completing the
remaining three pictures of our current deal." Pixar will release its fourth
quarter 2001 earnings on Thursday, February 7, 2002.
Cats & Dogs Sequel Kicks Off
Oh no... Here's a terrific concept turned into a terrible movie. Warner
Bros. is now officially moving forward on a live-action/CGI sequel and
has hired helmer Kevin Lima (A Goofy Movie, Tarzan,
Dalmatians) to direct it. Hopefully he can accomplish what Lawrence
Guterman couldn't with the first movie. The
Hollywood Reporter says that Cats & Dogs 2 is being written
by the film's original writers, John Requa and Glenn Ficarra, and will
continue the wars between canines and felines. Many of the original film's
characters are expected back.
More on Team Atlantis
According to Disney
Fan Club, Mike Mignola designed new characters for Atlantis's
direct-to-video sequel, based on the first episodes of a canned TV series.
Disney supposedly invested much more energy and money in Team Atlantis
-the working title for the series, which is likely to be changed by the
time the sequel is released- than in most of its other minor projects.
Directed by the team behind Gargoyles, it will follow the adventures
of Milo and Kida in Atlantis.
Disney Q1 Profit Down, But Beats Expectations
The Walt Disney Co. Thursday reported a 55 percent drop in fiscal first-quarter
earnings, before a one-time gain, due to lower sales across all business
segments, but managed to beat expectations due to cost savings. Burried
in the official release
is the following interesting remark: "The theatrical success of Disney/Pixar's
Inc. was more than offset by the impact of marketing costs spent
on films not yet released and on films released late in the quarter." Those
interested can check out Reuters'
analysis of this data.
Another Atlantis DVD
Review: "Vastly Entertaining and Informative"
While the movie itself didn't enjoy critical or commercial success,
DVDs released this week in the U.S. are being praised unanimously by
both the media and Disney fans. The home video market is becoming such
a huge source of revenues for Disney that the Mouse House now invests more
energy than ever to release extremely attracting DVDs , even for its theatrical
disappointments -expect another feature-loaded disc for Return
to NeverLand this Fall. The L.A.
Times is the latest to applaude Disney for its work on Atlantis:
The Lost Empire.
DVD Menu for Balto II: Wolf Quest
posted four shots for tihs February 19 disc. This is a big month for ainmation
DVD releases, with the sequels to All Dogs Go To Heaven and The
Secret of NIMH on February 5, Cinderella II: Dreams Come True
on the 26th, and will stuck in-between Disney's Peter Pan and American
Legends (which marks the video premiere of John Henry) on the
12th. For more information on all these features, check out AWM.
First Pictures from the Adam Sandler Vehicle, 8 Crazy Nights
Here's one project I'm not excited about, but for those who are -the
team got their hands on exclusive images from this Thanksgiving 2002 release.
A review is
also available on the site.
Disney Interactive Announces Nintendo Game Boy Advance Publishing Agreement
Disney Interactive announced its licensing agreement with Nintendo
of America to publish titles for Game Boy Advance. The first title under
this agreement will be Disney's Peter
Pan: Return to NeverLand on February 15. Licenses for other Disney-branded
titles for Game Boy Advance will continue to be awarded to outside publishers.
"Disney Interactive has had success on the Game Boy platform for quite
some time, with standard characters like Mickey and Minnie, and properties
including Disney's Tarzan, Disney/Pixar's Toy
Story and Monsters, Inc.,
among many others," said Steve Finney, senior vice president and general
manager, Disney Interactive, North America. "To complement our licensing
strategy and support a number of company initiatives we are very excited
to expand our offering of Game Boy Advance titles through internal publishing."
Disney Interactive plans to publish several Game Boy Advance titles this
year, including two based on the upcoming animated feature films, Lilo
& Stitch, which releases in theaters in June, and Treasure
Planet," which releases in theaters in November. Thanks to the
Place for the heads up.
Did You Know That... Cats and Dogs
was initially developed by Warner Bros. Feature Animation as a vehicle
for Sylvester the Cat